Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have set the stage for the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season by appointing Nicholas Pooran as the vice-captain, signaling their strategic move to leverage the West Indies wicketkeeper-batter’s consistent and explosive performances. With a stellar record in various global T20I leagues and a proven track record on the national team, Pooran’s ability to be a game-changer with the bat positions him as a crucial asset for LSG.

In the preceding IPL season, Pooran showcased his prowess in the middle order for LSG, amassing an impressive 358 runs in 15 matches at a striking rate of 172.95. His contribution played a pivotal role in the team’s campaign, and the franchise is banking on him to continue his form in the pursuit of their maiden IPL title.

This strategic move sees Pooran taking over the vice-captaincy from Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who temporarily led the team in the absence of regular captain KL Rahul. Pandya steered the team to success, clinching another title, this time with MI Emirates in the ILT20 league in the UAE.

As Pooran gears up for the IPL, his focus extends beyond the tournament, aiming to use the platform to best prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The global tournament is set to take place in the West Indies and the United States of America, and Pooran is poised to play a pivotal role for the West Indies national side.

In a bid to strengthen their squad, LSG has also secured the services of another West Indies talent, Shamar Joseph. Joseph’s remarkable performance at the Gabba, where he played a crucial role in securing a historic Test victory against reigning WTC champions, Australia, by claiming seven wickets in the second innings, adds depth and excitement to the LSG lineup.

With Pooran leading the charge as the vice-captain and a dynamic mix of international talents, Lucknow Super Giants are set to embark on the IPL season with high hopes and aspirations of clinching their first-ever title.

By Ritik Sharma

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